CDC Set To Cease 80% Of Global Epidemic Prevention Activities Without New Funding
Washington Post: CDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak
“…[T]he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, U.S. government officials said. … Most of the funding comes from a one-time, five-year emergency package that Congress approved to respond to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. … That money is slated to run out by September 2019. Despite statements from President Trump and senior administration officials affirming the importance of controlling outbreaks, officials and global infectious disease experts are not anticipating that the administration will budget additional resources. … A senior government official said Thursday that the president’s budget ‘will include details on global health security funding,’ but declined to elaborate” (Sun, 2/1).